Samstag, 28. Februar 2015

Surprise return on 'House of Cards' provides one of Season 3's most affecting moments

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Warning: This post discusses in detail episodes 8 and 9 (Chapters 34 and 35) from House of Cards Season 3. Read with caution. You can find coverage of other episodes, here.


Frank's worst nightmare has come true: A hurricane barrels toward the United States just month after he pulled all of FEMA's resources to (potentially illegally) fund a DC version of America Works.


While he prays—perhaps hopes is a better word, since Frank isn't doing much praying these days — the storm will turn or dissipate, Congressional leadership seems downright thrilled at the opportunity to politically destroy AmWorks Read more...


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Huawei teases its first Android Wear watch through awkward videos

Huawei apparently just can't wait to show some of the wearable tech it has in store this year. While the company isn't supposed to reveal its Mobile World Congress plans until a press event on March 1st, it has already posted both videos and airport ...



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Try a Computer “Desktop Zero” To Stay Focused on Your Work

Try a Computer “Desktop Zero” To Stay Focused on Your Work


Let's face it: some of us have messy desktops. If you can't focus, try a "Desktop Zero" approach to stay productive.


We covered how separate logins can keep you productive, but all those icons and windows distract our focus. James Zhang at Wistia gives two simple rules for Desktop Zero:



  1. "Remove everything from your Desktop and Dock.

  2. Only open applications that you'll use in the next 15 minutes."


Desktop Zero is like Inbox Zero: it keeps away the clutter. If you use a PC, a program like Fences can help you clear your desktop with a double-click (and then get those icons back later). Mac users can use this automator script. You don't have to keep your computer like this—just use it as a productivity booster when you need it.


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Grateful Dead 'farewell' tickets now selling for as much as $15K

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LOS ANGELES — Miracles for sale. Price: $15,000 and likely climbing.


Demand for the Grateful Dead's July 3-5 farewell shows at Chicago's Soldier Field has been so staggering that by the time the public Ticketmaster deal went down on Saturday morning, secondary market sites like StubHub were offering single tickets for $1,000 and up, with some three-day packages going for as much as $15,000.


SEE ALSO: Grammys prove Rock 'n' Roll isn't dead — but it's sure getting old


It wasn't supposed to be this way, but hey, capitalism always finds new ways to skin the goat.


When the surviving members of the band announced the shows last month, Deadheads were cheered to hear that the old-fashioned mail-order system was back, too: Byzantine instructions, meant to separate 'heads from scalpers with No. 10 envelopes and index cards and postal money orders, were supposedly designed to gave fans a reasonable shot at a face-value ticket. Read more...


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Neil deGrasse Tyson answers all of your curious questions about space

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing what he does best: blowing minds.


The acclaimed astrophysicist sat down with Mashable to answer SnapChat users' interesting and downright strange questions about the universe.



The most pressing conundrums that have been weighing on your mind have finally been answered, from whether aliens exist to what dogs smell like in the cold, empty vacuum of space.


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Adam Savage's Replica Hedge Maze From The Shining Is Scarily Accurate


When Mythbusters' Adam Savage isn't, uh, busting myths, he spends his time crafting amazing replicas of movie props, among other hobbies. This time around it's the hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, prompted by Savage's disappointment in what should have been the "official" version.


The video here, which describes the build process in detail, starts with Savage's explanation for embarking on the endeavour in the first place. After visiting the Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), he discovered the hedge maze architectural model on display is completely different from the one in the movie, not to mention the quality is not the greatest. From that point, Savage was determined to create a more accurate one.


The project was not as straightforward as you might think.


Because movies are movies, there are several representations of the maze in The Shining, with varying degrees of detail: the architectural model in the Colorado room; the façade you see during the day; the top-down map in front of the maze, the quarter-sized one for the movie's finale and another for a zoom-out shot in the Colorado room. Of course, none of them are the same, though Savage decided to use the map for the basis of his model, as it provided the best reference material.


The walls are made of a lightweight particle board, with spray paint and flocking to provide colour and texture. After that, it was just a matter of putting the time in — just the outside edges and the central section took 16 hours do to.


Hopefully he can convince LACMA to use his model instead. [YouTube, via Blastr]




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Subscribe and Save Online Doesn't Always Save You Money

Subscribe and Save Online Doesn't Always Save You Money


Places like Amazon and Target both have subscription shopping programs—you tell them what you need and how often, and they ship it to you at a discount. They may not always be cheaper compared to local stores or warehouse clubs, though.


Rather Be Shopping compared prices from different online subscription programs and local stores. Things like diapers depend on brand: Luvs is cheaper with Subscribe and Save but not Pampers. Dog food and toilet paper are cheaper online with the bonus of having those large items delivered to your door.


Like most pricing tips, like what's cheaper at Costco or Amazon, your mileage may vary. That's why you need a pricebook—so you know the price of the stuff you buy. Check out the link for one person's shopping adventures with different household staples.


Subscribe and Save: What Items Provide the Most Value? | Rather Be Shopping


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Tim Cook on privacy and the Apple Watch retail experience

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During a trip this week to Apple's European operations, CEO Tim Cook revealed a bit more about the company's position on customer privacy as well as the upcoming Apple Watch retail experience in a new interview


"None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information," said Cook, sounding a familiar note regarding government surveillance, just days after Citizenfour , the documentary detailing Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA, won an Oscar for best documentary



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10 high-tech gadgets that will improve your tennis game

The sport of tennis is no stranger to incorporating new technologies -- from the electronic line judges of the early '70s to today's Hawk-Eye system with its multi-camera array. These days, players at all levels have a variety of high-tech tools to h...



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These R/C Cars Drift So Much Better Than You Ever Will

These R/C Cars Drift So Much Better Than You Ever Will


Drifting R/C cars isn't a completely new pasttime, but there's still something magical about watching a trio of R/C cars go flying off a jump — sideways. It's everything you ever wasted your childhood trying to achieve, but done by grown-ups with far more skill.



The video was filmed by the Kuma Films team at the WARU circuit in Yokohama, Japan. The actual drifting video is great, but the behind-the-scenes footage is what makes this great — I'll never get bored of watching an adult with a Steadicam rig chasing a remote-control car. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]




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Mathematical! An 'Adventure Time' movie is in the works

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Oh my glob, Jake the dog and Finn the Human are coming to the big screen.


Warner Bros. is developing a full-length Adventure Time movie under the guidance of The Lego Movie producers Chris McKay and Roy Lee, Deadline reported on Friday. No release date has been set as of yet.



For the uninitiated, the popular Cartoon Network TV show follows Finn, the last human in the Land of Ooo, and his best friend, a morphing yellow dog named Jake. The pair go on wild adventures to protect the citizens of Ooo, who range from magical creatures to anthropomorphic candy (yes, candy) Read more...


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Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov's life in pictures

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Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in front of the Kremlin on Friday



Photographer Evgeny Feldman spent time with the charismatic activist before he was assassinated. We've compiled a gallery of Feldman's photos of Nemtsov, below:


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Former New York Knicks player Anthony Mason dies at 48

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Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.


New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News.




Former Knick Anthony Mason has died at the age of 48.


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Mediathek View: Version 9 hat ein Herz für alte Hardware

Version 9 von Mediathek View bietet nun Optionen für schwache Hardware. Außerdem hat der TV-Sendungs-Downloader für öffentlich-rechtliche Mediatheken zeitgesteuertes Herunterladen gelernt.



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Moscow march planned by Nemtsov will mourn him instead

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With Russians reeling from the cold-blooded murder of opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, organizers planned a mourning demonstration on Sunday in place of a rally that Nemtsov had planned to lead.



Take a look at the developments in Moscow on Saturday:


The rally that Nemtsov had promoted before his death will now be a march to remember him


The city gave quick approval for the new gathering, in contrast to its usual slow and grudging permission for opposition rallies.


The mourning march on Sunday could serve to galvanize the beleaguered and marginalized opposition, or it could prove to be a brief catharsis after which emotions dissipate. Read more...


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The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge

The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The great city of London currently has something of a fascination with pedestrian bridges to span the waterway that bisects the city. The latest project is for a bridge that will connect Nine Elms to Pimlico in the Borough of Wandsworth. Currently, 87 proposals have been submitted: here are the craziest.


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


The Craziest Designs For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge


At the moment, the council is only releasing images of the proposed designs, leaving us in the dark about any material or cost details. Still, the bridge is meant to come in under $65 million. The design brief included an emphasis on accessibility to cyclists, hence the inclusion of ramps in many of the designs. The full gallery of 87 — from sensible renders to crazy back-of-the-napkin sketches — is over on the competition website. [NE Bridge Competition]






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Mediathek View: Version 9 hat ein Herz für alte Hardware

Version 9 von Mediathek View bietet nun Optionen für schwache Hardware. Außerdem hat der TV-Sendungs-Downloader für öffentlich-rechtliche Mediatheken zeitgesteuertes Herunterladen gelernt.

















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Mediathek View: Version 9 hat ein Herz für alte Hardware

Version 9 von Mediathek View bietet nun Optionen für schwache Hardware. Außerdem hat der TV-Sendungs-Downloader für öffentlich-rechtliche Mediatheken zeitgesteuertes Herunterladen gelernt.



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"Robear": Experimenteller Pflegeroboter wird gefühlvoller

Dank feinerem Übersetzungsverhältnis und besseren Sensoren soll die dritten Generation eines experimentellen Krankenpflege-Roboters die Patienten weniger ruppig handhaben.

















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